Officials say financial ‘pain’ inevitable as county copes with pension deficit

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors directed the Executive Office to continue searching for ways of mitigating the “single biggest threat” to county finances going forward – an unfunded pension liability totaling nearly $3 billion – but there are scant options available, according to officials. “It looks like we’ll be crowding out other services (to […]

Supervisors take step toward permitting commercial marijuana

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. “We have lost the war on cannabis in Riverside County,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said. “You knock one […]

Board OKs additional funding requests

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to increase appropriations to Riverside County agencies unable to meet all of their expenses in the current fiscal year, though the sheriff’s department was still left with a $30 million negative balance, sparking a testy exchange about how funds are prioritized. The supervisors held a nearly […]

Board authorizes expanded contract for reform program

RIVERSIDE – Despite one member’s criticism over spending limited funds, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved extending a contract with a professional services firm to stay on track with reforms intended to make multiple county agencies more efficient and cheaper to run. In a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Kevin Jeffries dissenting, the board signed […]

Supervisors receptive to loosening marijuana regulations

RIVERSIDE –Riverside County supervisors agreed Tuesday, March 21, that they’re open to relaxing marijuana regulations under the provisions of Proposition 64, but there was no consensus yet as to how to proceed. “I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I am the definition of `no fun,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said. “But the voters of California and […]

Man who plotted with Jihadi terrorist pleads guilty

A confidant of one of the husband-and-wife terrorists who carried out the 2015 massacre in San Bernardino pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 16, to charges that he conspired to commit acts of terror in Riverside. Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, admitted one count each of providing material support to terrorists and making false statements in the acquisition […]

Board finalizes fiscal year expense plan, sheriff and D.A. face deficits

RIVERSIDE – A divided Board of Supervisors formally adopted a 2016-17 appropriations plan that leaves multimillion-dollar deficits in the budgets of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office, though board members and public safety officials pledged to work together to close the gaps. “It’s a real tight spot, but we have to […]

Supervisors seek to bridge “Digital Divide”

The Riverside Board of Supervisors recently authorized the Department of Information Technology to move forward with an initiative to expand broadband connectivity to all corners of Riverside County in the interest of offering high-speed internet access to more residents and businesses. “The question is, how can we be like other communities across the United States […]

Riverside County Board of Supervisors consider revising mobile home rent control ordinance

The Riverside Board of Supervisors have ordered a thorough review to determine if an ordinance that governs mobile home park rents in unincorporated areas of Riverside County is due for revision. “This is going to be very, very controversial,” said supervisor John Tavaglione during the Sept. 20 Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting. “You’re going […]

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